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Cowell – drinking gives me TV ideas

Simon Cowell has told how he drinks alcohol to enter a "calm place" and come up with his TV ideas.

The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent boss (54), said that "one or two in the morning" helped spark his creativity.

In an interview to promote X Factor stage musical I Can't Sing!, Cowell said he could not quit smoking.

"If I tried to cut out cigarettes completely, I would have a real problem: too boring. It's the same with drinking."

But the new father added: "I'm pretty good at cutting back when I need to."

He added: "I always think there is a time in your day when you can be creative.

"For me, one or two in the morning, couple of vodka and limes, couple of cigarettes, I'm in a calm place. I can think."